Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bulwer-Lytton 2012

A New Zealand man has won the international Bulwer-Lytton contest for the worst opening sentence to a novel.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest has been sponsored by the English Department at San Jose State University since 1982. In its second year it had more than 10,000 entries and still attracts thousands more each year.

His winning entry:
The "clunk" of the guillotine blade's release reminded Marie Antoinette, quite briefly, of the sound of the wooden leg of her favourite manservant as he not-quite-silently crossed the polished floors of Versailles to bring her another tray of petit fours.

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